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Flashback Friday: A History Of Pinball


Learn about the history of pinball in this High Times print piece from July, 1979. Bagatelle, a popular game in the 19th century, is the granddaddy of pinball. Bagatelle is similar to pool, in that you use a cue stick to shoot balls into scoring holes. In 1871 a game called Improvements in Bagatelle was introduced, which featured a spring-powered plunger, bells, gates and metal pins spread about the playing field to confuse the ball's downward progress. Imitations soon followed, although none w...

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